Before- and After-School Program
At WES, the learning and adventure extends beyond the regular school day, with interesting and worthwhile options for students before and after school throughout the year. Our popular After-School Enrichment Program is offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., ranging from clubs to study hall, help sessions, musical rehearsals, cooking, art, dance, and sports practice. While most are covered by tuition, some enrichment programs are fee-based.
Early Morning Recorder
Students in Grades 4 and 5 hone their recorder skills and rehearse for performances at several school Chapels and all-school gatherings.
Students in Grade 4 - 6 may drop in Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for math activities. Emphasis is on fun as students play math games.
Monday through Friday mornings from 7:25 a.m. - 7:45, students in Grades 1 - 8 gather in the Gym to play games and shoot hoops. These free play sessions are supervised by WES faculty.
Supervised study hall is available in Grades 2 - 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There is no fee for study hall and no sign-up is required. Many students find this extra hour at school a great way to get homework done in a quiet, familiar space with valuable resources at hand.
Students in Nursery - Grade 6 can choose from a range of programs that provide socialization across grade levels, as well as enrichment and skill development. Enrichment programs are held once a week after school. Most are free but a few require a fee. The offerings vary for each session.
Band Instrumental music participation (band) is mandatory for all students in Grades 4, 5, and 6. Grades 7 and 8 students choose band or chorus. In order to supplement the two full rehearsals during the school day, each grade also meets in smaller instrument sectionals after school once per week rotating through the various band instruments. Currently, Grade 4 sections meet on Monday and Grades 5 and 6 on Wednesday with each student having a sectional about once per month. The Middle School ensemble is a group known as the Band Ambassadors who rehearse weekly every Tuesday.
An Extended Day program is offered daily (exceptions being the day before Christmas break, Graduation Day and the last day of school) for an additional fee. It begins at 3:30 p.m. for Nursery - Grade 1, and 4:30 p.m. for Grades 2 - 8 and runs until 6 p.m. Students may work on their homework or participate in supervised free play. The Extended Day Room, Computer Lab, Gym, and playground are all available for use. Drop-ins are also welcome.
Beginning in Grade 5, students have an opportunity to participate in intermural sports with area schools. Boys teams and girls team include soccer and cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse and track in the spring. These teams focus on building foundational skills and learning the benefits of teamwork. Every student who wishes to play on a team is encouraged to play to his or her fullest ability.
Students may choose the physical education alternative to team sports, WESQwest. This program is intended to engage and motivate students in Grades 5 - 8 to become and remain physically active through a varied program of modern lifestyle fitness and sport activities.